ARLINGTONSchool safety seminar for kids takes place SaturdayKids can learn safety tips and safety skills to use while traveling to and from school and while at school during a seminar Saturday.The seminar is designed to help children from kindergarten to sixth grade learn about confidence and how to stand up for themselves against bullies. The event, which will include speakers from the Arlington Police Department and SafeHaven of Tarrant County, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mike Johnson’s Texas Black Belt Academy, 425 N. Cooper St. The cost is $10 per child, and all proceeds will go to SafeHaven of Tarrant County, organizers say. For information, call 817-274-9812. — Susan SchrockBEDFORDFree program offers math homework help for teensThe Bedford Public Library is offering a free program for teens who need help with math homework.The program gives one-on-one tutoring from district math teacher Marsha Davidson and will only be available during the academic year. Tutoring is available every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.For more information, visit www.bedfordlibrary.org. The library is at 2424 Forest Ridge Drive. — Taylor PraterHospital will offer free prostate screeningTexas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford will host a free prostate screening event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.The event will be held in the Edwards Cancer Center, on the north side of the Texas Health HEB campus, at 1600 Hospital Parkway.Registration is required. Call 877-847-9355. EULESSDeadline is today to apply for boards, commissions Euless is accepting applications through today for positions on city boards and commissions to be appointed in October. Time and frequency of meetings vary.Go to www.eulesstx.gov/cso, or call the city secretary’s office at 817-685-1434 for information about the Civil Service Commission, HEB Teen Court Advisory Board, Historical Preservation Committee, Library Board, Parks and Leisure Services Board, Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustment. — Terry Evans‘Lost Art of Letter Writing’ takes place Oct. 14 at libraryRecapture or acquire the ability to write a letter — that’s something a lot of people did before email and social media — when Euless Public Library hosts “Write Night: The Lost Art of Letter Writing,” at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at 201 N. Ector Drive.This entertaining look at the writing process will help participants write a letter to a loved one and really make it sing. — Terry EvansFree child safety seat check will be offered WednesdayIs your child’s safety seat properly installed? As many as 80 percent of them aren’t, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.Drive by Campus West, 209 N. Industrial Blvd., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday to get yours checked by the Child Safety Seat Task Force. If you miss that, call 817-685-1686 to make an appointment. — Terry EvansGRAND PRAIRIE American Indian Heritage Day scheduled for SaturdayHistoric, cultural and social contributions of American Indian communities in Texas will be highlighted at the inaugural American Indian Heritage day celebration Saturday.The event, Re-birth 2013, was created in response to the passage of House Bill 174 to recognize the Native American heritage. Events include a video stream of American Indians reflecting on the legislation, a presentation by elders highlighting their tribal history and a symphony of drums and singing groups.The celebration will be held at Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking and admission are free.For more information, contact event chairwoman Peggy Larney at 214-943-9616. — Taylor PraterHURST-EULESS- BEDFORD SCHOOLSTrustee will take helm of state associationA longtime Hurst-Euless-Bedford school trustee will take the helm Saturday as president of the Texas Association of School Boards at the association’s annual convention in Dallas.Board Vice President Faye Beaulieu was elected to lead the organization, which represents and serves the state’s 1,031 school districts.“This gives me an opportunity to take my passion for education to a broader stage and advocate not only for the 22,000 kids in our district but for the 5 million school-aged children across the state of Texas,” she said. “It also gives our district a little added visibility.”Beaulieu is an 18-year veteran of the school board and has served as a TASB board member for eight years. “Unfortunately, the image of public schools is not quite as strong as we would like it to be,” she said. “I will be an ambassador and advocate for all public school districts.” — Sarah BahariMarch-a-Thon to raise money for Bell bandThe L.D. Bell Blue Raider band will march through Bedford and Hurst neighborhoods Saturday to raise money for the program.The March-a-Thon begins at 8:30 a.m. at the school, at 1601 Brown Trail.The band will march through neighborhoods alongside parents and band boosters, who will collect donations. They will stop at two places for neighborhood concerts on the six-mile journey.Funds raised will go toward the band’s trips to Allen, San Antonio and Indiana.For more information, including a parade route, visit www.ldbellband.org. — Taylor Prater HURSTFire Department open house set for SaturdayCheck out firetrucks and all manner of firefighting and rescue equipment at the Fire Department Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fire Station No. 1, 2100 Precinct Line Road.Firefighters will demonstrate high-angle rescue and the Jaws of Life. The fire safety house and an air ambulance also will be displayed.Refreshments will be available. — Terry EvansMall to host pirate adventure for kidsGrab your peg legs and parrots, children of Hurst, because North East Mall is inviting all children to a pirate adventure event Saturday.The mall’s center court will feature pirate hats, eye patches and more for kids to wear. Participants can learn to talk like a pirate, make flags, wear temporary tattoos and dig for buried treasure.A pirate character will be on-site for a meet and greet and photos.The event is from 1 to 3 p.m. and is free to Simon Kidgits Club members. Nonmembers can join for $5.North East Mall is at 1101 Melbourne Road. For more information, visit www.simonkidgitsclub.com. — Taylor PraterRICHLAND HILLSPay increases are part of 2013-14 city budgetThe city will give deserving employees a 2 percent merit salary increase and all employees a one-time longevity pay raise of $4 per month for each year of service up to 25 years in the $7.572 million general fund budget for 2013-14.The budget that takes effect Oct. 1 keeps the current property tax rate of 52.8094 cents per $100 of assessed value, said City Manager Curtis Hawk.Water and sewer rates also will remain the same, despite an increase in the cost of services from Fort Worth, Hawk said.Because the city’s $434 million net taxable value is 4.35 percent more than last year’s, the tax rate will, in effect, increase about 5.2 percent. The annual tax bill on an $81,990 home — the city’s average taxable value, according to Tarrant Appraisal District — will increase about $23, Hawk said.The employee longevity pay increase will range from $48 to $1,200, Hawk said. The budget also allows the city to add one administrative cashier position and a half-time Fire Department administrative assistant, as well as four part-time firefighter positions.The part-time firefighters “will be off-duty firefighters from other cities who come in to work as second jobs,” Hawk said.City employee health insurance is going up at least 4 percent in January, Hawk said. “We’ve been told by the insurance providers that it’s due to the Affordable Care Act,” he said. “We’re going to shop around and see if we can get it for no more than we’re paying now.” — Terry EvansRegion‘Museum Day Live!’ offers free admission Smithsonian magazine’s “Museum Day Live!” is sponsoring a nationwide day of free museum browsing Saturday. Visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumdaylive to see a full list and download free tickets. Participating locations include the Arlington Museum of Art, Log Cabin Village, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and River Legacy Living Science Center. — Taylor Prater
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